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Itamaraty Palace (Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations)

"With arches reflected in a mirror of water with islands of tropical plants, the headquarters of the Foreign Office has the appearance of a palace built of glass. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and situated next to the Square of the Three Powers (Praça dos Três Poderes). With its works of art integrated into the architectural scheme with spans extending to 30 and 36 metres, a spiral staircase linking the floors and indoor gardens designed by the landscape painter, Roberto Burle Marx, the building is considered to be a masterpiece of contemporary architecture.

As the focus of Brazilian foreign policy, the building has a facade that is adjacent to a sculpture by Bruno Giorgi symbolizing the union between the five continents and is acclaimed as a symbolic view of Brasilia. In addition, the building incorporates unusual features such as marble walls by Athos Bulcão; works depicting Brazil in previous centuries by foreign artists such as Frans Prost, Jean-Baptiste Debret and Rugendas; it houses a great collection of objects and works by Brazilian artists. The Palace is open to visitors daily."
©Ministério das Relações Exteriores (www.mre.gov.br)

To see all my pictures of Brasília, Brazil click here. Other pictures of the Itamaraty Palace.


Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
20/5/2007 16:51:19
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/15
Av (Aperture Value): 13.0
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: 10.0 - 20.0 mm
Focal Length: 10.0 mm
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: One-Shot AF
Picture Style: Standard
Noise Reduction: Off
Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

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